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Frank Faylen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Frank Faylen (December 8, 1905 – August 2, 1985) was an American movie and television actor. Born Frank Ruf in St. Louis, Missouri, he began his acting career as an infant appearing with his vaudeville performing parents on stage. After traveling with his showbiz parents through his childhood, Faylen became a stage actor at 18, and eventually began working in movies in the 1930s. He began playing a number of unmemorable bit parts for Warner Brothers, then freelanced for other studios in gradually larger character roles. He appears as Walt Disney's musical conductor in The Reluctant Dragon, and as a stern railroad official in the Laurel and Hardy comedy A-Haunting We Will Go. Faylen and L & H supporting player Charlie Hall were teamed briefly by Monogram Pictures. Faylen's breakthrough came in 1945, where he was cast as Bim, the cynical male nurse at Bellevue's alcoholic ward in The Lost Weekend. He played Ernie Bishop, the friendly taxi driver in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. Faylen's career also stretched to television, playing long-suffering grocer Herbert T. Gillis on the 1950s television sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. In 1968 he had a small part in the Barbra Streisand film Funny Girl. Faylen appeared in almost 200 films. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but not on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Description above from the Wikipedia article Frank Faylen, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Dec 8, 1905 In St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Double Exposure 1935-11-23
Latest Project:
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life 1988-11-22
Known For
Poster of Easy Come, Easy Go
Poster of Thieves Fall Out
Poster of Midnight Court
Poster of Bullets or Ballots
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life (archive footage) 1988-11-22
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Movie Funny Girl Keeney 1968-09-19
Series That Girl Unknown 1966-09-08
Movie Fluffy Catfish 1965-06-27
Series My Mother the Car Unknown 1965-09-14
Movie The Monkey's Uncle Mr. Dearborne 1965-08-18
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Great Adventure Unknown 1963-09-27
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Herbert T. Gillis 1959-09-29
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Series Man with a Camera Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Sheriff Cotton Wilson 1957-05-30
Movie Dino Frank Mandel 1957-07-21
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Movie Terror at Midnight Fred Hill 1956-04-27
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Telephone Time Unknown 1956-04-08
Movie Away All Boats Chief Phillip P. 'Pappy' Moran 1956-08-16
Movie Everything But the Truth 'Mac' McMillan 1956-12-01
Movie Three Brave Men Enos Warren 1956-12-01
Movie 7th Cavalry Sgt. Kruger 1956-12-01
Movie The Looters Stan Leppich 1955-04-30
Movie The McConnell Story Sfc. Sykes 1955-09-29
Movie Red Garters Billy Buckett 1954-02-09
Movie The Lone Gun Fairweather 1954-04-25
Movie Riot in Cell Block 11 Commissioner Haskell 1954-02-18
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie 99 River Street Stan Hogan 1953-08-21
Movie The Sniper Anderson 1952-05-09
Movie Hangman's Knot Cass Browne 1952-11-15
Movie The Lusty Men Al Dawson 1952-10-24
Movie Fourteen Hours Walter, room service waiter 1951-04-01
Movie Passage West Curly 1951-10-01
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Movie Detective Story Det. Gallagher 1951-11-01
Movie My Favorite Spy Newton 1951-12-25
Movie Francis Sergeant Chillingbacker 1950-02-08
Movie Convicted Convict Ponti 1950-08-01
Movie The Nevadan Jeff 1950-01-11
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Copper Canyon Mullins 1950-11-15
Movie The Eagle and the Hawk Red' Hyatt - Danzeeger's Foreman 1950-10-01
Movie Hazard Oscar 1948-05-28
Movie Race Street Phil Dickson 1948-09-11
Movie Blood on the Moon Jake Pindalest 1948-11-11
Movie Whispering Smith Whitey Du Sang 1948-12-09
Movie Easy Come, Easy Go Boss 1947-03-07
Movie California Whitey 1947-02-21
Movie Suddenly It's Spring Harold Michaels 1947-02-13
Movie Welcome Stranger Bill Walters 1947-06-13
Movie The Perils of Pauline Mr. Joe Gurt 1947-07-04
Movie Road to Rio Trigger 1947-12-25
Movie The Trouble with Women Geeger 1947-06-25
Movie Variety Girl Himself 1947-08-29
Movie The Blue Dahlia Man Recommending Motel 1946-04-16
Movie To Each His Own Babe 1946-03-12
Movie Our Hearts Were Growing Up Federal Agent 1946-06-14
Movie The Well Groomed Bride Cabbie 1946-05-17
Movie Blue Skies Mack 1946-10-15
Movie Cross My Heart Fingerprint Expert 1946-12-18
Movie Two Years Before the Mast Hansen 1946-11-22
Movie It's a Wonderful Life Ernie 1946-12-20
Movie Bring on the Girls Sailor 1945-03-30
Movie The Affairs of Susan Brooklyn Boy (Uncredited) 1945-07-08
Movie The Lost Weekend 'Bim' Nolan 1945-11-29
Movie Masquerade in Mexico Brooklyn (uncredited) 1945-12-03
Movie Incendiary Blonde Hotel Clerk (uncredited) 1945-07-25
Movie See Here, Private Hargrove M.P. 1944-03-18
Movie Standing Room Only Cabbie 1944-01-07
Movie And the Angels Sing Holman 1944-04-25
Movie Address Unknown Jimmie Blake 1944-06-01
Movie Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble Taxi Driver #2 (uncredited) 1944-05-04
Movie The Canterville Ghost Lieutenant John Kane 1944-07-20
Movie Mission to Moscow Reporter (uncredited) 1943-04-29
Movie Good Morning, Judge Ben Pollard 1943-05-07
Movie Taxi, Mister Henchman Silk 1943-04-16
Movie The Falcon Strikes Back Cecil, a Hobo 1943-04-01
Movie Silver Skates Eddie 1943-02-26
Movie Dixie Dugan Soldier (uncredited) 1943-03-12
Movie Prairie Chickens Clem 1943-05-21
Movie Slightly Dangerous Gateman (uncredited) 1943-04-01
Movie The Mystery of the 13th Guest Speed Dugan 1943-11-05
Movie The Gang's All Here Marine Sergeant (uncredited) 1943-12-24
Movie Yanks Ahoy Quartermaster Jenkins 1943-06-29
Movie Corvette K-225 Shipyard Painter 1943-09-29
Movie A Guy Named Joe Major 1943-12-24
Movie Thank Your Lucky Stars Sailor (uncredited) 1943-09-25
Movie Young Ideas Reporter (uncredited) 1943-08-02
Movie Nazty Nuisance Seaman Benson 1943-08-06
Movie Whispering Ghosts Curly 1942-05-17
Movie Yankee Doodle Dandy Sergeant on Parade (uncredited) 1942-05-29
Movie About Face Bartender Jerry 1942-04-16
Movie Joe Smith, American Man in Waiting Room with Matches (uncredited) 1942-02-01
Movie Maisie Gets Her Man Stage Manager (Uncredited) 1942-06-01
Movie Mokey Police Desk Sergeant 1942-04-01
Movie Star Spangled Rhythm Soldier (uncredited) 1942-03-05
Movie Fall In Capt. Gillis 1942-11-20
Movie Tough as They Come Collector 1942-06-05
Movie The Palm Beach Story Taxi Driver (uncredited) 1942-08-28
Movie Across the Pacific Sidewalk Toy Vendor (uncredited) 1942-09-04
Movie Somewhere I'll Find You Soldier Driving Jeep 1942-08-27
Movie The Pride of the Yankees Yankee Third Base Coach (uncredited) 1942-07-14
Movie A-Haunting We Will Go Train Detective (uncredited) 1942-08-07
Movie The Reluctant Dragon Frank, Orchestra Leader (uncredited) 1941-06-19
Movie Father Steps Out Tall Hobo 'King', aka The King of Siam 1941-07-19
Movie Thieves Fall Out Pick 1941-05-03
Movie Footsteps in the Dark Gus a Taxi Driver (uncredited) 1941-03-08
Movie Come Live with Me Waiter 1941-01-31
Movie Model Wife Master of Ceremonies 1941-04-17
Movie Blossoms in the Dust Man with Man Carrying Dead Child 1941-08-15
Movie Steel Against the Sky Egg Man in Diner (uncredited) 1941-12-13
Movie Tanks a Million Pvt. Skivic 1941-09-12
Movie Top Sergeant Mulligan Pat Dolan 1941-10-16
Movie H.M. Pulham, Esq. Marine Sergeant (uncredited) 1941-12-04
Movie Sergeant York But! Boy (uncredited) 1941-09-27
Movie Let's Go Collegiate Speed Dorman 1941-09-12
Movie Curtain Call Spike Malone 1940-04-18
Movie Saturday's Children Cab Driver (uncredited) 1940-05-04
Movie Edison, the Man Galbreath 1940-05-10
Movie Married and in Love Jim Carter, Man in Bar 1940-01-19
Movie The Fighting 69th Engineer Sergeant (uncredited) 1940-01-27
Movie Castle on the Hudson Guard Who is Slugged (uncredited) 1940-02-17
Movie Alice in Movieland Master of Ceremonies (uncredited) 1940-03-03
Movie The Grapes of Wrath Tim 1940-03-15
Movie City for Conquest Band Conductor and Emcee (uncredited) 1940-09-21
Movie Just a Cute Kid Benny 1940-10-05
Movie La Conga Nights Jeepers Peepers 1940-05-31
Movie No Time for Comedy Cab Driver 1940-09-14
Movie East of the River Tour Guide (uncredited) 1940-11-09
Movie They Drive by Night Driver in Cafe (uncredited) 1940-07-26
Movie Pop Always Pays Minerva Auto Loan Cashier 1940-06-21
Movie Brother Orchid Parkway Biltmore Desk Clerk (uncredited) 1940-06-07
Movie The Flying Irishman New York Mechanic 1939-04-07
Movie Women in the Wind Chuck - the Mechanic (uncredited) 1939-04-15
Movie Lucky Night Play Palace Announcer (uncredited) 1939-05-05
Movie The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle Adjutant (uncredited) 1939-03-29
Movie Twelve Crowded Hours Henchman 1939-02-23
Movie It's a Wonderful World Peters - Stagehand (uncredited) 1939-05-19
Movie Crime Rave 1939-01-13
Movie You Can't Get Away with Murder Boat Tour Guide (uncredited) 1939-03-23
Movie Idiot's Delight Ed 1939-01-27
Movie Nick Carter, Master Detective Pete Foley - 1st pilot 1939-12-13
Movie Gone with the Wind Soldier Aiding Dr. Meade (uncredited) 1939-12-15
Movie Five Came Back Photographer (uncredited) 1939-06-23
Movie Reno J. Hezmer Briggs 1939-12-01
Movie Invisible Stripes Steve - Henchman on Bank Job (uncredited) 1939-12-30
Movie No Place to Go Pete Shaffer 1939-09-23
Movie Waterfront Skids Riley 1939-07-15
Movie Thunder Afloat Recruiting officer 1939-09-15
Movie Slapsie Maxie's Tiger Dorsey 1939-09-16
Movie No Time To Marry Waxler 1938-02-05
Movie The Invisible Menace Private of the Guard 1938-01-22
Movie Too Hot to Handle Assistant Dubber (uncredited) 1938-09-16
Movie Kid Galahad Barney 1937-05-29
Movie The Go-Getter Country club man #2 (uncredited) 1937-05-22
Movie The Cherokee Strip Joe Brady 1937-05-15
Movie Marked Woman 2nd Cabbie (uncredited) 1937-04-10
Movie Smart Blonde Ambulance Driver (uncredited) 1937-01-02
Movie Midnight Court Reporter 1937-03-06
Movie They Won't Forget Reporter 1937-07-14
Movie Headin' East Joe 1937-12-13
Movie The Case of the Stuttering Bishop Charlie Downs 1937-06-08
Movie Wine, Women and Horses Horse Buyer 1937-09-11
Movie Back in Circulation James Maxwell - a Reporter (uncredited) 1937-09-25
Movie Ever Since Eve Bandit Leader at Monteray Tavern (uncredited) 1937-07-15
Movie Dance Charlie Dance Ted Parks 1937-07-06
Movie Border Flight Jimmie 1936-05-29
Movie Road Gang Radio Dispatcher 1936-03-28
Movie Bullets or Ballots Gatley - Pinball Racketeer (uncredited) 1936-06-06
Movie King of Hockey Swede 1936-12-19
Movie Night Waitress Policeman at Torre's 1936-12-18
Movie All American Chump Reporter (uncredited) 1936-10-16
Movie China Clipper Weatherman (uncredited) 1936-08-11
Movie Double Exposure Press Photographer (uncredited) 1935-11-23